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    Frequently Asked Questions


    Use this link to see additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Data Sharing from the NIH.


    Do all grant applications require the submission of a Data Management and Sharing Plan (DMSP)?

    Submission of a DMSP applies to all research, funded or conducted in whole or in part by the NIH, that results in the generation of scientific data.

    Examples where the DMS Policy applies:

    ·     Research Projects

    ·     Some Career Development Awards (Ks)

    ·     Small Business SBIR/STTR

    ·     Research Centers

    Examples where the DMS Policy does not apply:

    ·     Training (T)

    ·     Fellowships (Fs)

    ·     Construction (C06)

    ·     Conference Grants (R13)

    ·     Resource (Gs)

    The full statement from the NIH can be found here, including a complete list of NIH activity codes subject to the DMS Policy.

    Where should I store the data that I collect during my research project?

    Data should be housed in a secure location prior to sharing; consult your department head, department administrator, or colleagues about available options.

    For more information about storing and sharing data, visit the page below for details about NIH Repositories and other resources at UConn Health.


    Which repository should I use to share my data?

    Some funders have specific requirements about shared data; consult the NIH Institute and Center Data Sharing Policies for the policies and/or procedures associated with your funder.

    The National Library of Medicine also maintains a filterable list of more than 100 domain-specific repositories affiliated with the NIH and a selection of "generalist” repositories. Consult your NIH Program Official or ask colleagues doing similar research to assist you in selecting an appropriate place to share your data.

    In addition to the Research Support Librarian, Marissa Iverson (, the UConn Health DMPTool Administrator may be able to offer guidance with regard to available repositories.  Contact AITS at or call 860-679-8870.

    Is there an institutional repository at UConn Health?

    The UConn Health High Performance Computing Facility provides a variety of High-Performance Computing, Cloud Computing and customized Servers and Services to the UConn Health research community and its collaborators. The facility provides free access to over 300 TeraFLOPS of compute power, 10,000 processor cores and over 14 PB of storage housed in a secure, state of the art data center supported 24/7 by a dedicated staff of professionals.  Presently, these resources are available to UConn researchers free of charge.

    In addition, information about generalist repositories and those affiliated with NIH Institutes can be found here.

    I am working with another researcher and each of us is responsible for different parts of the plan, do we both need to submit a plan?

    A single plan should be submitted for each grant, calling out the responsibilities of each party within the plan itself, in Element 6, Oversight of Data Management and Sharing.

    Use the Collaborators tab in the DMPTool to add associates, in or outside of your organization, to invite them to participate in writing the plan or to provide feedback.

    How do I make changes to an approved plan?

    All plans should be reviewed annually, and changes made accordingly, and it is recommended that you create a new version when making a revision.

    NIH Policy Notice # NOT-OD-23-185 states that as of 10/12/2023, changes to an approved DMSP must be submitted for approval by the NIH using the Prior Approval Module.

    For plans that were created in the DMPTool, the original can be copied and renamed when making a revision; the revised plan can be downloaded for submission with the request for approval.